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Health District Hoses Down Meningococcal Fears

Follows earlier reports.

Health District Hoses Down Meningococcal Fears

The Health District's allaying meningococcal fears, after a Woy Woy high school student came down with conjuctivitis caused by the bacteria.

Reps have confirmed a Brisbane Water Secondary College pupil's been diagnosed with the rare eye condition, but showed no symptoms of the more dangerous disease.

Antibiotics have been given to those in close contact, while there's a low risk for classmates.

While Central Coast Local Health District says it's handed out info on meningococcal to the school.

"Meningococcal bacteria are not easily spread from person to person and the bacteria do not survive well outside the human body," a spokesperson says.

"The risk to other students and teachers at the school is therefore very low but it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease."

Information regarding meningococcal disease can be found on the NSW Health website factsheet: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/factsheets/Pages/Meningococcal_disease.aspx

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